Singer Dr. Hilderman and other Ugandan artists have vowed to represent fellow artist Gerald Kiweewa in Court. This follows after the Kadongo Kamu artist was arrested over defamation through his song dubbed “Nantaba”.
Police arrested singer Gerald Kiweewa on allegations of defamation through his “Nantaba” song. Nantaba Idah Erios is the woman Member of Parliament for Kayunga district. In addition, she is the former state Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and national guidance.
The former ICT minister reported her matter to the Criminal Investigations Directorate headquarters in Kibuli, in Kampala. Nantaba says singer Gerald Kiweewa ruthlessly attacked and defamed her in his new song dubbed Nataba. Therefore the CID recorded her complaint on GEF 442/2020 on Thursday before the arrest of Gerald from his home in Wakiso district.
“We have arrested singer Gerald Kiweewa after receiving a complaint from Idah Nantaba. This is because he defamed and attacked the former ICT minister in his “Nantaba” hit jam, “ Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said.
Meanwhile, the singer’s arrest comes at a time when Ugandan content creators more so artists are protesting the government’s new regulatory proposals. In addition, these require all artists for example musicians, comedians, etc to take their works and scripts for review and approval before releasing them for the public.
“I am going to be the lawyer in this case… If they are getting scared this early even before we release other songs, then they better wake up… I Dr. Hilderman, I will not give false praise to the government in power… Lets us also express our freedom of speech because that’s how we communicate to the public… In conclusion, Kiweewa is innocent and I believe I will be able to help him in this situation…,” Dr. Hilderman furiously said.
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